[INSERT_FUN_NAME] = Creative Spaces

For this round of CYOA, I went down the paths of Learning Everywhere and Library as Classroom. It was fun making connections between the readings, and an overall theme of “creative spaces” seemed to emerge. Different libraries basically made makerspaces/interactive art exhibits and gave them their own creative names to make them feel new and unique. I don’t mean to sound completely negative, as the positive support for their communities via these spaces is wonderful (…I just think the naming schemes are a little gimmicky). The idea of makerspaces has been around for a while now, but what’s being done, or changed, in these spaces is what truly makes them unique. In the Public Libraries Connect blog, “Sensory Blogs,” they talked about their special Sensory Space, which is focused towards encouraging creativeness in the younger users of the library. In a similar vein, Greenwalt’s article, “Embracing the Long Game,” mentions what the Oak Park library chooses to call their Idea Box, which is a constantly changing space dedicated to creativity and interactive exhibitions. I think these creative spaces are wonderful, and if a library can afford one then they should consider investing in their community via managing this space. (Greenwalt also mentions how Oak Park manages this space, writing how their circulation department was split in order to accommodate the addition.)

As amazing as these spaces sounded, I eventually came to question their concepts: How can this idea be applied to private or academic libraries? The core theme of them is to involve and connect their community via creative means. By that definition, I’d imagine the purpose of the creativity would simply change based on the target audience. For the general public, this might include generating interest for creative thinking and poetry (as the Idea Box focused on with their magnetic poetry exhibit), while an academic library could do something relating to students’ majors, or simply as a nonsensical relief from final week stress. That still leaves private libraries though. I know they often aren’t as well-funded as academic, and don’t have as wide of a userbase as public libraries, so how would they go about designing and implementing their own creative space? Honestly…I don’t know. I’ve never worked or volunteered in a private library, so I’m not even entirely sure how they run normally. I’ve never really had any interest in working in these types of libraries, but I guess it would be useful knowledge to know something about them. I wonder if SJSU offers any MLIS courses relating to private libraries?

One last thing I wanted to mention is the microlearning idea from “Mobilizing Knowledge to Create Convenient Learning Moments” by Chanin Ballance. This class seems to incorporate this idea to its very core, as long research papers have rarely been assigned; instead we are presented with plenty of shorter articles to choose from. It’s basically the same amount of reading, but split up into digestible chunks with different perspectives on the same subject. I prefer this wholeheartedly! 🙂 The article states that “Employees are craving convenient learning moments between meetings, at home or in transit,” and that’s exactly what this course provides: convenient learning moments. Often times when I’m tired from my other classes and don’t feel like reading another 30-page long article on the history of cataloguing, I turn to this class to end my study session on a good note. The articles are always fun and quick to read, and it’s fun to connect the ones with similar subjects, as if the authors are debating their points in front of you. “Where Reference Fits in the Modern Library,” although was little bit longer of an article, was a relief to read after the overly positive notes of the other articles in the reading list. Everyone seems so excited about reference librarians running around the library (as opposed to sitting at a big old desk), but Kenney writes these ideas from a new, negative perspective, and honestly it was refreshing. I didn’t completely agree with all of his opinions, but it was still a great article to compare with the others. And it was easy to compare due to how this class seamlessly incorporates microlearning into the curriculum.

References

Administrator. (2020, February 17). Marsden Library’s Sensory Space. Public libraries connect. Retrieved November 12, 2021, from https://plconnect.slq.qld.gov.au/blog/check-out-marsden-librarys-sensory-space.

Ballance, C. (2013, August). Mobilizing knowledge to create convenient learning moments. eLearn Magazine. Retrieved November 12, 2021, from https://elearnmag.acm.org/featured.cfm?aid=2513574.

Greenwalt, R. T. (2013, February 21). Embracing the long game. Public Libraries Online. Retrieved November 12, 2021, from http://publiclibrariesonline.org/2013/02/embracing/.

Kenney, B. (2015, September 11). Where reference fits in the modern library. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved November 12, 2021, from https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/68019-for-future-reference.html.

The Power of Stories and the Contemporary Library

I’m honestly not sure where to start with this module reflection. I’ve got a lot of opinions and ideas – all relating to the lectures and readings – but writing these ideas down into my typical cohesive report style seems bland to me. I think I’ll do as the Module 9 lecture suggested and embrace my creativity for this one 🙂

The story about the resilience center from Lisa Peet’s article “Eric Klinenberg: Libraries and Social Infrastructure” really struck a cord with me, because I feel as though so often people have this idea of the “typical library” and can’t accept Kinenberg’s “contemporary library.” He brings up how many influential people consider libraries obsolete, and this further influences the public opinion of people who don’t actively use their local libraries. I wish more people would just simply go to their local libraries and create their own opinions, instead of just repeating this tiresome, typical, and old-fashioned view that libraries are just storage facilities for books and old cranky ladies. Here’s some word clouds showing the difference:

The Anythink Library walkthrough kind of gave me Barnes & Noble crossed with Library vibes. Very clean and neat, and everything strategically placed to “sell.” Makes me think that maybe libraries should start to use more marketing strategies in how they place their stacks. Might help with circulation of books if they were more accessible via marketing psychology. Sounds like a fun yet hard-to-implement idea. Imagine this was how a library was organized?:

Creating a Voice for the Library: I thought the local stories on coffee cups was such a fun and lovely idea. Imagine reaching out to the library community and getting their personal stories about the library, like the first time they went, or their after-school tutoring, or how much fun they had during storytime, etc. Then print those stories onto coffee cups for the non-library community to see. Free coffee for those who could most benefit from the library, if only they knew that is wasn’t “obsolete.” This idea is great for any library, as I could see the free coffee being handed out to students during the beginning of the semester to encourage them to come use the library that semester. Or during finals, to show how much the library supports the student community. Also, this is a great quote from that article:

“[Create] sandboxes, where visitors can shape what happens, even if it leads you into unpredictable circumstances.”

Matt Finch

In relation to creating a social infrastructure and sharing stories through coffee cups, I feel like it would be fun to write a paper describing the power of stories and their impact on creativity. After reading a bunch of the suggested readings, I feel as though “Office Hours with a Twist” really hit it home for me with this idea. I’d want to write about the “involved librarianship” idea, and how the creativity of librarians is directly related to the involvement of the community, and ultimately embracing the creativity of the community to create a social infrastructure. I looked ahead to check out the next big project, and honestly had forgotten that “The Power of Stories” was one of the options for the Director’s Brief. I think I’ll be focusing my readings on this idea in preparation, as I already have a few ideas of where I want the project to go.

Anyway, in the spirit of creativity, here’s a wonderful song with a very creative story behind it (Not directly related to the modules, but I thought it’d be fun to share):

References

Anythink Libraries. A Day in the Life of an Anythink Library. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLUFz5aGFQc.

Paraschiv, P. (2017). Creating a voice for the library: storytelling, experience, and play.

Peet, Lisa. “Eric Klinenberg: Libraries and Social Infrastructure.” Library Journal, 3 Oct. 2018, https://www.libraryjournal.com/?detailStory=181003-Eric-Klinenberg-QA#articleComment.

Stephens, M. (2019). Office Hours: With a Little Twist

The Plan: Creating a Mobile Library in Ten Steps

(For clarity, this is for “Participatory Services & Emerging Technology Planning”)

“Libraries are about people, not books or technology”

Brian Mathews, from “Think Like a Startup”

Part I: What’s the idea?

Despite it appearing outdated or simple in theory, there are not many public libraries that implement book bikes. A book bike is a bike that has been fitted to be able to hold a small collection of curated books, thus creating a mini mobile library. The idea is that with a book bike, we will be able to bring the library to those who struggle to make it to the physical building. As Mathews points out in his paper “Think Like a Start-up,” libraries would not exist if not for the people. With this new service, we could reach even more people who would be thankful for the opportunity to access our collection. If we were to add the services a book bike could offer to our repertoire, the unreachable could be reached and our library community will grow, possibly even increasing participation in other services we offer.

I hope to convince you, the staff of the Thousand Oaks Public Library, that by providing the new service of a book bike, you will find that we will be able to reach more patrons and grow our library community, which will increase the involvement of our community with their local library, because it would aid us in accomplishing our library motto: inspire, inform, and engage.

Part II: What are the goals?

Staff a book bike that will visit the local farmer’s market every Thursday

Create new lending opportunities

Help those who cannot visit their local library regularly due to cost, disability, or time

Grow our library community

Raise interest and awareness for the many other programs we offer

Part III: Who will we help?

Our community needs this service.

There are people in the city of Thousand Oaks that would love to come to the Thousand Oaks Library, but aren’t able to due to problems relating to transportation costs, disability, and time management. Some of our patrons who need the library the most are unable to make it to the physical building because they cannot afford regular transportation. These patrons are missing out on services and programs we designed specifically to help them, such as our Technology Training Classes, Homework Help for children, and ESL Conversation Group. In fact, according to the 2019 census from the United States Census Bureau, 7.2% of households do not have a broadband internet subscription. That is approximately 3,291 households in our community that could benefit from the book bike. We could bring the information and services to them, instead of requiring them to look for us.

Just as Dr. Stephens suggests in his book The Heart of the Librarianship, we, the library, need to find the community who could benefit from our access services, and we need to go to them. He also writes how we should consider performing a community analysis on a specific neighborhood or demographic to offer better service to these people; this could be the demographic of the Thousand Oak’s Farmers Market, for example. Transportation may not only be a cost-related issue for possible patrons, as those who have trouble traveling to places due to disability would benefit from enjoying their local farmer’s market, as well as the services of their local library, all at a single destination. By joining our local farmer’s market we could minimize the amount of time and money people spend in transportation, therefore encouraging people to utilize our services.

Part IV: Where has this already been implemented?

Athena Public Library in Oregon

https://programminglibrarian.org/articles/library-wheels-qa-book-biking-librarian

Bookmobiles in Georgia

https://georgialibraries.org/mobile-libraries-bring-books-and-more-into-communities/

Oak Park Public Library in Illinois

https://www.oppl.org/use-your-library/the-oak-park-book-bike/

West Bloomington Revitalization Project (WBRP) in Illinois

https://www.westbloomington.org/book-bike

The Pima County Library in Arizona

https://www.library.pima.gov/blogs/post/public-library-book-bikes-history-and-how-to/

San Francisco Public Library in California

https://sfpl.org/locations/bookmobiles-mobile-outreach

The Free Library of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania

https://libwww.freelibrary.org/blog/post/3660

Part V: What policies will need to change? (Guidelines)

In order for the book bike to function properly, some policies will need to be amended – mainly our Circulation Policies. A circulation meeting will need to be held in order to determine what materials our book bike will regularly hold, including books, audiobooks, Playaways, Readalongs, etc. Additionally, a meeting will be needed for the discussion of the holds policy, as due to limited space, book bike patrons may be unable to put items on hold. If we decide to limit certain items in the book bike inventory, yet decide to allow for holds, will we allow people to pick-up items not allowed on the book bike?

Our policy concerning storytime will need to be discussed as well if we plan to include this service with our book cart, as the Oak Park Book Bike does. We currently require an online sign-up for people to attend in order to limit capacity, but this would be hard to maintain in an outside setting. In addition, some of the target patrons may not have reliable access to the internet, so online sign-up wouldn’t work in this context. We could reach out and contact the Oak Park Public Library for help with creating these guidelines, as they have been running this service since 2015.

In addition to storytime, we may want to incorporate some of our current programs into the book bike schedule, and should discuss this after testing the book bike. I’d suggest we include the community when adding new programs, just as Michael Casey suggests in his article “Revisiting Participatory Service in Trying Times.” He writes how library users are more engaged if they have a say in the outcome of the library. We could go back to using short paper surveys, and hand them out at the book bike, in order to gauge the interest of our target patrons directly.

“Service steeped in humanism, compassion, and understanding should be the cornerstone of what we do, and why we do it, for all members of our communities, including the underserved.”

Loida Garcia-Febo, writer in American Libraries Magazine

Ultimately, it would be important that we create guidelines for staffing the book bike that includes all of the above decided policies.

Part VI: How are we going to pay for this?

This new service will essentially open a new branch for our library system for the cost of a new bike. The Oak Park Public Library outsourced to Haley Tricycles, a cargo and vending tricycle shop in Philadelphia. We could do the same, or talk with one of the numerous cargo tricycle shops in the Los Angeles area. Funding will come from our recent acquisition of a service grant. No new staff necessarily needs to be hired, as we could train current Circulation Supervisors and Aides to operate the book bike. A laptop would be necessary to “check-out” materials to patrons from the book bike, but the Circulation iPad could be used for this, as we no longer need it to keep track of library capacity. As for reliable WIFI for the iPad to check-out and signup patrons, we could utilize one of the WIFI hotspot devices we recently started offering as part of our lending collection.

Part VII: Tentative Timeline

  • Meet to discuss outline of the plan
  • Circulation and Policy Meeting
  • Transportation Meeting
  • Contact cargo bike businesses for quotes and purchase a bike
  • Training Meeting to create guidelines on how to train staff
  • Paid Staff Training Meetings begin
  • Set start date for the service
  • Begin promotion of the service
  • Service Starts
  • After a month, gather surveys and data to determine success and discuss new opportunities

Part VIII: How will we train staff?

Once we have come to a conclusion with concern for policies, we can begin training current staff for operating the book bike. Circulation Supervisors and Aides will be required to attend a paid training meeting, where guidelines will be outlined for operation, and they’ll be provided with an informational packet for review.

To accommodate new hours, we will need to discuss staffing with Circulation Services. A Library Aide and Circulation Supervisor will be required to operate the book bike. One will need to ride the bike to the Ventura County Certified Farmer’s Market, which is approximately 12 minutes, or 2.5 miles away from the library, according to Google Maps. The other person will either drive or bike to the destination themselves. We will have a transportation meeting to discuss the use of company vehicles, bikes, insurance and compensation for time traveled and gas prior to training. If Circulation Services can not manage the new operating schedule due to the lack of available employees, hiring additional employees may need to be discussed.

Part IX: Promoting our Service

Once a start date has been decided, we should advertise the service via our usual channels, but this time include channels that the famer’s market provides; this includes creating fliers, an informational graphic for our library monitors, a new informational page on our library website, requesting a blog post on the Ventura County Certified Farmers’ Market blog and Facebook page, and submitting a press release to our local newspapers.

Part X: Evaluation and Expansion for the Future

It’s to be expected that the new service will have a few bumps in the road and may have a slow start, so we should keep track of how many people check-out books and use surveys to determine if the book bike community would be interested in us running programs via the book bike in the future. Storytime would be a great first program for the book bike, as it’s one of our most popular programs at the main library. We could create paper surveys for patrons to fill out, in addition to online surveys, to determine if they appreciate the service and what programs they would like to see more of in the future. It would be key to include paper surveys at the site of the book bike, as one of the key patrons we are trying to reach are those without reliable internet access.

By incorporating surveys as part of our evaluation method, we are directly listening to the voice of our patrons, as opposed to only analyzing numbers. Michael Bhaskar writes in his article, “In the age of the algorithm, the human gatekeeper is back,” how at the end of the day, services benefit the most when evaluation is done on a personal, human level, instead of automation and numbers. He claims that “…the cultural sphere will always value human choice, the unique perspective,” hence the importance of actually speaking with our patrons at the book bike and directly asking them for their unique perspective. If the response for the new service is positive, we could consider someday purchasing multiple bookmobiles, as the Pima County Public Library has already done, increase staffing and programs available through our book bike service, and ride the bike to other public destinations.

Pima County Library Book Bikes

References

Bhaskar, M. (2016, September 30). In the age of the algorithm, the Human Gatekeeper Is Back. The Guardian. Retrieved October 2, 2021, from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/30/age-of-algorithm-human-gatekeeper.

Casey, M. (2011, October 20). Revisiting participatory service in trying times. Tame the Web. Retrieved October 8, 2021, from https://tametheweb.com/2011/10/20/revisiting-participatory-service-in-trying-times-a-ttw-guest-post-by-michael-casey/.

Garcia-Febo, L. (2018, October 29). Serving with love. American Libraries Magazine. Retrieved October 8, 2021, from https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2018/11/01/serving-with-love/.

Stephens, M. T. (2016). Reaching all users. In The heart of librarianship: Attentive, positive, and purposeful change (pp. 41–43). essay, ala editions, an imprint of the American Library Association.

U.S. Census Bureau quickfacts: Thousand Oaks City, California. The United States Census Bureau. (2019). Retrieved October 8, 2021, from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/thousandoakscitycalifornia/PST045219.

Powerpuff Girls? No, it’s Module 6.

I just want to start off by saying that I loved how this module was set up! I imagine it was a lot of work on Professor Stephens’ end, so thank you for the interesting adventures you put together 🙂

In the introductory lecture, he mentioned how this week was modeled after the “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” books of days old. I never read the versions that Stephens mentioned, but some of my favorite books growing up were the Powerpuff Girls choose-your-own-adventure series! I probably read and reread all of them haha

For this module I decided to take the “Global Libraries” path, since Dokk1 has been on my mind since it was first mentioned in the Module 2 Lecture (I think?). I’ve started a list of must-visit libraries and Dokk1 was the inspiration, making it to the top of the list.

I started off checking out Phil Moreheart’s article, “Moving Beyond the ‘Third Place,’” and before even reading the article, the caption for the picture blew me away. The head of community engagement for Dokk1, Marie Ostergaard, described the library as “the living room of the city.” This just sounds so welcoming and inviting! I feel like many people think of libraries still as a place to be quiet and read a book, not a place for the community to gather and connect. I love how casually Moreheart calls the library a “cultural center” in this caption as well, since it really shows how this library takes part in its community. It’s the center.

Okay, but moving on to the actual article itself, I think it’s forward-thinking to design the space for more than simply storing books. People are more willing to go to a place if it offers more than one thing that they want. Similar to how a mall works, Dokk1 offers its community a “space for performances, meetings, children’s activities, art installations, and general public gatherings,” (2016). I think the library I work at also does a decent job in incorporating this idea that libraries are more than just books. My library hosts annual book clubs and invites the author to come near the end of the year to talk about the book, as well as hear the experiences of the patrons who read it. That is probably the largest program we offer, however the location of the library is wonderful as well. The Thousand Oaks library was built right next to the California True Colors Garden and Learning Center (which is a beautiful garden), as well as the Veterans Memorial of Conejo Valley. The beautiful landscape and small creek attracts joggers in the morning, as well as children in the afternoon, who all come to the library after they’ve spent some time in the nearby parks.

It was fun exploring the website Dokk1 made to help inspire other libraries to reimagine their spaces. I especially had a good time reading the “individual cases of exciting libraries.” It had a list of libraries around the globe that had renovated or designed a particularly community-centric and beautiful space. Once of my favorites was The Hive, London. Apparently it’s the first “fully integrated public and university library in the UK,” thanks mainly due to its size! This space is nearly 107,700 square feet! And has five floors! One of my favorite parts though was how they designed the children’s space. There looks to be a story-time room where the books are not meticulously put away, but rather haphazardly put into these stationary boxes. I’m curious as to whether there is a system to these boxes or not, but either way the shelving structure fascinates me. I wonder how long it takes them to pick up the children’s space at the end of the day? From my experience, it usually takes three times as long as the adult space at the Thousand Oaks library, so I’m curious if these specially-designed boxes help with organizing the mess without the need to be meticulous and time-consuming. Whatever the case may be, this discovery page made me a little jealous haha

References

Moreheart, P. (2016). Moving beyond the “third place”. American Libraries Magazine. Retrieved from https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/library-design-moving-beyond-third-place/.

Reaching out and Listening

Although it was a short article, I enjoyed reading “In the Age of Algorithm, the Human Gatekeeper is Back,” by Michael Bhaskar. Overall the idea that “the cultural sphere will always value human choice, the unique perspective,” really hit home with me. Often times when working in my past job at the Santa Clarita Public Library (SCPL), it seemed as if upper management always preferred to listen to “the numbers” as opposed to what its frontline workers had to say. In “Libraries in Balance,” from Wholehearted Librarianship by Michael Stephens, there was a story about fine forgiveness that reminded me of this ideal. In the short story, someone’s books got locked into their apartment due to their unfortunate eviction, and led the local library to have to reconsider their fine forgiveness policy. Similar to this story, patrons’ needs in regards to fine forgiveness were often not met at SCPL during the year of 2020. During the heart of the pandemic, SCPL decided not to continue their “Food for Fines” project, which was a program that usually took place twice a year. The plan was that for every non-perishable food donated, the library would take $5 off of the patrons’ fines, up to $20. Many families in the area used the library for their children’s main entertainment, as well as for additional educational resources. Their child could play on the computer, check-out movies, and, of course, check-out books. However, if the account had over $10 in fines, then all of these “privileges” would be revoked. Granted many of these services were limited during 2020, it was still something that patrons commonly complained about directly to staff on desk. Once the library was fully reopened late February of 2021, many patrons were unable to use it due to built-up fines. At least once a week someone would ask the front desk if “Food for Fines” would be returning. The fact that it took the library seven months to roll-out this program is ridiculous to me. I recently quit working at this library, and the disconnect between patrons and upper management definitely played a part.

As a side note, Bhaskar’s article also mentioned a new vocab word that I love:

tsundoku – the uneasy feeling of having too many books to read

“In the Age of Algorithm, the Human Gatekeeper is Back,” by Michael Bhaskar

I’ve been thinking about the planning project a lot, and read Stephens’ “Reaching all Users” from his book The Heart of Librarianship thinking I could probably gain some insight from this chapter. So far I’ve been thinking of either focusing on Open+ Access libraries, or the idea of a bookmobile/book-bike (I believe I’m starting to lean more towards the book-bike idea). A quote from early in the chapter stated “Are we giving them a reason to depend on us?” Wow. This really hit me hard, since it comes off as such a manipulative idea, yet it’s true that if the library program is unneeded then it won’t survive long. In order to become needed, I think reaching out to users who normally can’t reach us is a good place to start. Hence, the idea of the book-bike. If the library would curate a limited amount of books, and stock a book-bike with them, and ride this bike to the local farmers market every Thursday, then I could see a need for this program developing, even if people didn’t realize they needed it before. Many people who go to the local farmer’s market take public transportation and have a difficult time getting to the library, or even finding time to go in the first place. Hence, if we were to offer a mini curated library for these hard-to-reach patrons, then we could negate this transportation issue. To curate the items chosen for the book-bike, we could perform a community analysis on the demographic of the Thousand Oaks Farmers Market (as “Reaching All Users” suggests). Furthermore, it would be great if we could hand out paper surveys for themes for certain weeks or months, where that week or month the items of the bike would be subject-specific. I indicate paper surveys, as this technique is not often used anymore, yet many patrons who do not have reliable access to transportation also most likely do not have reliable access to a computer with internet access. This access issue would be another part that could be looked into further with a community analysis. Anyway, I think this chapter definitely helped me jog my mind for the planning project coming up, and I’m excited to get going on it!

References

Bhaskar, M. (2016, September 30). In the age of the algorithm, the Human Gatekeeper Is Back. The Guardian. Retrieved October 2, 2021, from https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/30/age-of-algorithm-human-gatekeeper.

Stephens, M. T. (2016). Reaching all users. In The heart of librarianship: Attentive, positive, and purposeful change (pp. 41–43).

Stephens, M. T. (2019). Libraries in Balance. In Wholehearted librarianship: Finding hope, inspiration, and balance (pp. 78–80).

Where are the beanbags?

Okay, I’ll just get this out of the way… I just read through Mathews’ “Think Like a Startup” and I have a some reflections, but first, where are the beanbags??? I thought that was a great story describing how a space at the D. H. Hill Library Learning Commons accidently became more of a creative/social area than the standard table and chair study space due to lack of funding. They decided that instead of having a giant open space until they could get more funding for proper furniture, they would spend what little they had left on beanbags to fill the space in the meantime. However, students loved it and even started bringing their own furniture to make their own personal study space. Also, due to the movability, students could easily push bags together and make a fun study group. So all of this sounds fantastic, yet I can’t find a single picture of this space with beanbags online? I’ve tried searching “D. H. Hill Library Learning Commons beanbags” and nothing comes up. If there are any beanbag library pictures, it’s not of D. H. Hill Library. I doubt this is a fake story, but also shouldn’t there be at least one picture? Sorry, I got very excited over the idea of a library full of beanbags and am a little disappointed 🙁

Anyway, this was a fun article to read, especially since Mathews wrote like it was a call to war speech at times (haha). I’m referring to the dramatic “reach for the stars” type call to action he wrote, such as starting the article with “We have to peer upwards and outwards through telescopes, not downwards into microscopes.” The idea that stood out to me the most from the article was the list that described typical functions of an academic library becoming the role of other parts of the campus, thus deeming the library obsolete. One of the ideas included lending out eBooks/tablets to students:

What if all students are given eBook readers and an annual allotment to purchase books, articles, and other media necessary for their academic pursuits and cultural interests? Collections become personalized, on-demand, instantaneous, and lifelong learning resources.

Mathews, B. (2012). Think Like A Start Up.

I think this idea sounds awesome, but also I can see irresponsible students ruining this. So many questions arise relating to how to make this work. How would they limit students from buying non-educational texts? Would you have to register what classes you’re taking, and then buy the books accordingly? I believe some high schools and middle schools have already sort of done this, in that they have enough laptops/tablets for every child to check out and do homework on from home, since more and more assignments nowadays require access to a computer. However, colleges have thousands of more students than K-12 schools do, so I’m not sure how they would be able to budget for such a large purchase, as well as keep all of the technology updated. Despite all of these issues, I could definitely see the pros for this idea in relation to accessibility. Those who prefer to read online would enjoy the fact that all of their textbooks could be online. Additionally, many students have trouble getting to the library regularly, whether it be due to disability or time management, so access to all reading materials from a single device at home would be a great solution for them.

In Bucklands’ Redesigning Library Services: A Manifesto, under “The Electronic Library,” he writes about how “careful deliberation” will be needed to figure out exactly what belongs in the Automated Library versus the Electronic Library (or both) for them to both work in the same space. This point reminded me of a silly issue I had with my local library recently concerning our digital versus physical collection. I often like to listen to audiobooks on my drive to work in the morning, and recently I’ve picked up Brandon Sanderson’s series The Way of Kings. I also prefer to listen to CD audiobook, as my car doesn’t have Bluetooth. The point is, my library has the first book (The Way of Kings) on audiobook CD, as well as the third, but the second one, Words of Radiance, is not available. I put in a “recommended purchase” request online, but I doubt it’ll be considered since the library does own the book in audiobook form already, but digital. I could download it on my phone and listen that way, but I much prefer CD, and I find it very odd that we have the 1st and 3rd book, yet not the 2nd. This is definitely a disconnect between our Automated and Electronic Library, since you’d think that all of them would be available on one and/or the other, yet I have to jump between formats to enjoy the series.

References

Buckland, M. K. (1992). Redesigning library services : a manifesto . American Library Association.

Mathews, B. (2012). Think like a start-up: A white paper to inspire library entrepreneurism.

About Me

Hi, I’m Lisa!

I just want to start off by stating the obvious – this post is very late! However, I’m excited to actually dive into this class now that I’ve freed up my time. I had a hard time keeping up with all of my classes this semester and have been overwhelmed these first few weeks, but without going into too much detail, everything seems to be going alright now and I’m able to finally put my focus towards school.

This course first sparked my interest from the very moment I read the syllabus. It may sound a little far fetched, but after looking through a million other class syllabi trying to decide what to choose and eventually finding how this syllabus starts with thought-provoking quotes, as opposed to the usual jargon…well it definitely interested me haha

I’ve always found emerging technologies and trends to be interesting in libraries, and I love to read research articles about how libraries across the globe are actively making this new tech work for their library culture. Before my current job as a Library Page at the Thousand Oaks Grant R. Brimhall Library (and my recent job of Aide at the Jo Anne Darcy Santa Clarita Public Library), I worked as an Interlibrary Services Student Assistant at San Francisco State University’s J. Paul Leonard Library. That was my first actual job at a library (I had only volunteered before then), and it really did open my eyes to the tech that libraries need to succeed and stay on top of current trends.

For example, within my first year of working at SFSU we completely changed from using RapidILL to send students articles, to Alma within the library. Although this change didn’t affect the users much, it was wild trying to learn a new system when I had just barely gotten a handle on the first one. Another cool thing about working there was that the Interlibrary Services department was right next door to the library’s makerspace. While I worked I could literally watch people make VR games, 3D print, and learn how to use editing software through a giant window. It was so awesome seeing such creativity being amassed next door, with SFSU purchasing more expensive 3D printers and VR tech every year.

Of everything there, I still find the slow addition of 3D printers into libraries to be a fascinating subject. It seems as if most academic libraries, with their immense funding, have at least one 3D printer available for students to use. However, many public libraries unfortunately don’t offer these services for their patrons, and are unable to due to lack of funding. It’s wonderful seeing this trend change over time though as 3D printers slowly have become more and more affordable.

Anyway, as far as working in libraries go, I’m hoping to end up in a backend type position. I truly did enjoy my job working in the interlibrary services department, so hopefully I’ll end up either in that or a website management position (I’ve been learning how to code for this reason). I’m trying to keep my doors open since the job market isn’t amazing right now, but hopefully I end up in some type of related position for my career.

In my free time I play a lot of video games, bake, read, and make rugs. I love adventure fantasy novels, and Brandon Sanderson’s works are some of my favorites. Fun fact: I’m reading Dune for the first time! That’s where that quote from the top of my page is from 🙂